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16th Jan 2014

Egypt: Overwhelming approval for Egyptian constitution

State sources in Egypt have said that partial results indicate clear support for the country’s latest constitution. This paper’s main opponents, the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, had advocated boycotting the ballot. State media and government sources in Egypt said late on … Continued

15th Jan 2014

Egypt returns to the polls in second day of constitutional vote

The final day of voting in Egypt’s controversial constitutional referendum is underway. It is the first time the country has voted since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in a military-backed coup last July. Egyptians are heading to the polls … Continued

South Sudan: At least 250 people drown in the Nile as they were fleeing fighting
14th Jan 2014

South Sudan: At least 250 people drown in the Nile as they were fleeing fighting

[Photo: 250 people drowned as they escaped Malakal city, capital of Upper Nile State, South Sudan]   KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): At least 250 people have drowned as they were travelling on a boat from Malakal, capital of the Upper Nile State … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Sudan: Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan since violent clashes erupted in their country last September, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Sunday. “Up to 10,000 people, most of who are nomads, … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Central African Republic: Ex-President Djotodia headed to Benin

The Central African Republic’s former president has sought asylum in Benin. Celebration – followed by violence and widespread looting – erupted in the capital of CAR after the resignation of the ex-rebel president. Michel Djotodia, a rebel leader from the … Continued

11th Jan 2014

Somalia: US deploys military advisors to Somalia

  Washington has deployed a handful of military advisors to Somalia. The advisors are tasked with helping African Union (AU) troops defeat the al-Shabab militant group.  The deployment of the military advisors marks the first time that US troops have … Continued

11th Jan 2014

CAR: EU signals support for peacekeeping force in Central African Republic

EU diplomats have signalled preliminary support for a plan to deploy peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR). The proposed EU force would back up French and African peacekeepers already in the country. Ambassadors from the EU’s 28 member states … Continued

11th Jan 2014

South Sudan Govt retakes capital of oil-rich Unity state

    South Sudanese government forces have retaken the city of Bentiu, capital of oil-rich Unity state. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on President Salva Kiir to release political prisoners.  South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer said that … Continued

10th Jan 2014

South Sudan: Extra UN troops for South Sudan

The United Nations says it’s working “as quickly as possible” to deploy 5,500 extra UN peacekeepers to protect civilians in South Sudan where fighting is focused on the oil hub of Bentiu and the Nile river town of Bor. Forces … Continued

10th Jan 2014

Egypt jails 87 Muslim Brotherhood supporters for three years each over protests

An Egyptian court sentenced 87 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to three years in jail each in two separate cases Thursday for charges including rioting, thuggery and weapons possession, a judicial source said. In one case, a court sentenced 63 Brotherhood supporters … Continued

10th Jan 2014

Tunisia PM resigns to make way for caretaker government

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a non-partisan caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to complete a transition to democracy. Three years after an uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben … Continued

9th Jan 2014

Nigeria: Tanker explosion kills 5 in Lagos

LAGOS, (Xinhua): The authority of the Nigeria Fire Service on Wednesday confirmed that five persons lost their lives to a fire accident which occurred at Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos the previous day. The fire broke out when a petroleum tanker … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Sudan, South Sudan mull oil protection force

On a visit to former enemy territory on Monday, Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir,expressed the need for discussions to find peace. “We have come to see what we can do to stop this war knowing all too well that armed conflict … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Central African Republic: African nations pull out citizens from the country

The UN has reported that 2.2 million people are in need of assistance in the Central African Republic (CAR). Meanwhile, several African nations are rapidly pulling their citizens out of the war-torn nation. UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Algeria: 11 killed in traffic accident in Ouargla province

ALGIERS, (Xinhua): As many as 11 people were killed and 28 others injured in a deadly traffic accident on Sunday in province of Ouargla, 800 km southeast of Algiers, a statement of the Firefighting Department revealed. The accident occurred Sunday … Continued

6th Jan 2014

South Sudan: Fighting continues between Govt forces and rebels, peace talks still stalled

      Government forces and rebels have continued fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba and elsewhere around the country, as long-sought peace talks in Ethiopia continue to stutter.   Fighters loyal to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Kenya: Explosion in Nairobi injures one man

NAIROBI, (Xinhua): An explosion was reported in Kenyan capital Nairobi and injured one man on Saturday night, Nairobi police said. The explosion was caused by an improvised explosion device which went off at about 8:30 pm local time inside a … Continued

4th Jan 2014

UN: Violence in Central African Republic displaced almost one million people

  A UN report has called for increased intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the armed conflict continues. According to its report, the violence has already displaced over one million people. The report released by the United Nations … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Egypt: Four killed as clashes erupt across the country

At least four people were killed as supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi clashed with police and opponents in three cities Friday, security officials and medics. Thousands of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters had rallied across the country before police … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

South Sudan: Slow start to South Sudan peace talks amid military maneuvering

Talks to end the violence in South Sudan have been overshadowed by army claims that it is advancing on a key rebel-controlled city. The army has also accused the rebels of planning to march on the capital. While both sides … Continued

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